New Japanese Restaurant Opens In Leeds


Issho is now open in Leeds, offering diners authentic Japanese cuisine in a sophisticated and refined setting

With a name that means ‘together’ in Japanese, Issho comprises of a rooftop bar, restaurant space and outdoor terrace. Located in the high-end shopping destination of Victoria Gate, the restaurant serves a menu dedicated to sharing dishes and incorporating the very best of Yorkshire produce.

Having previously worked at Zuma and launching London’s Sexy Fish in 2015, Executive Chef Ben Orpwood has used his extensive travel experience throughout Japan to inspire the dishes on his new menu. Think Wagyu pastrami; Smoked Dorset char with wasabi leaf dressing; Steamed prawn and salmon gyoza, white soy and mustard; Seared diver scallop, jalapeno and apple and Duck breast with pickled nashi pear and a spring onion sauce.


The open kitchen and sushi bar are the main focal areas of the restaurant, creating a theatrical experience for diners. Sushi fans can take delight in an impressive variety of sushi treats – including seaweed-wrapped maki of crab, tiger prawn tempura and salmon, as well as ‘Dynamite Ebi Tempura.’ What’s more, a dedicated Robata grill will sit within the main dining room serving traditional ‘robatayaki’, slow-grilled over charcoal in full view of surrounding diners.


Sample dishes include maple-glazed pork belly, fresh apple and wasabi; Barley miso lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine and cucumber; and grilled Iberico pluma, yuzu and daikon pickles alongside a selection of Yakitori.

Ben said of the launch: “I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Japan several times and have worked in Asian restaurants across the globe, from Turkey and Dubai to London and Australia. My experience has certainly helped shape the menu at Issho and create eye-catching dishes that are full of flavour.”


The dining space utilises a range of Japanese materials including charred timber which is known as ‘Shou Sugi Ban’. As well as this, expect a mixture of oak, marble style tiles, natural-edged porphyry stone and suspended timber rafts to give the design an authentic and contemporary feel.


The restaurant’s very own bar, Kori, serves a range of sake and Japanese-inspired cocktail – and is set to become a destination bar in its own right with an intimate 40-cover rooftop terrace offering stunning views over the city.

The details
Where: Issho, Victoria Gate LS2 7JL
Bookings: To make a reservation, call 0113 426 5000 or email
Find out more: Visit or follow @IsshoLDS on Twitter and Instagram for further details

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